Real Madrid ‘eyeing shock swoop for Manchester City star Phil Foden after being encouraged by his lack of game-time this season… and LaLiga giants could move for England youngster after keeping tabs on him for several years’
- Phil Foden was expected to be a regular this season after David Silva’s departure
- However the 20-year-old has barely started in the Premier League this season
- Real Madrid have reportedly been keeping tabs on England star for several years
- They are reportedly ‘encouraged’ by lack of playing time Foden has had at City
Real Madrid have reportedly emerged as strong contenders to sign Manchester City starlet Phil Foden.
The LaLiga champions are monitoring the progress of the England international, who has struggled for regular game time at the Etihad this year.
The 20-year-old has started just five Premier League matches this season.
Real Madrid are reportedly keeping close tabs on Phil Foden’s progress at Manchester City
He’s started five Premier League matches this season and came off bench against Newcastle
Now the Daily Mirror have reported there is growing ‘belief’ at Real Madrid that they could take advantage and make a move for the City star.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have kept an eye on the progress of Foden for several years and are on the hunt to secure the best young talent in football.
Foden was expected to be a regular starter for Manchester City this season, after impressing at the end of last season and following the departure of club legend David Silva.
However he has spent yet more time on the substitutes’ bench, which was a particular source of angst during the Manchester derby earlier this month.
He also was left on the bench for the majority of other important league games including clashes against Liverpool and Tottenham.
On the other hand, he has become a European specialist starting the last five Champions League games – the 12th of his fledgling career.
Real Madrid’s recruitment team are on the hunt for the best young talent across the world
By comparison, he has been named among Manchester City’s chosen Premier League XI on just 17 occasions since a full debut two years ago.
Despite this Guardiola has always praised the youngster, describing him once as the ‘most talented player’ he has seen as manager.
After his Carabao Cup quarter-final goal against Arsenal, Guardiola offered some advice, he said: ‘Phil wants to beat the world, he wants to eat the world and he wants to be important.
Pep Guardiola has repeatedly praised Foden despite his decision not to start him more often
‘He has an incredible energy when he has started, but in the final decision, in the final pass, he has to slow down a little bit.
‘He has to understand about changing the rhythm (of attacks), but that comes with experience.
‘We will be incredibly patient. It is not easy for a young player to have the rise like his in this club, playing important games, and with the national team.
‘The weird thing would be if he was 20 and he didn’t have something to improve. It is impossible. It is not a problem.’